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Physical appearance (directly or indirectly) is a key part of many YouTubers' channels, whether they are:

  • beauty gurus specialising in hair and makeup :kiss:
  • fitness enthusiasts sharing their weight loss or workout journeys :dumbells:
  • or daily vloggers who always look pristine on camera :burnout:

Do these types of videos promote positive and inspiring body images, or do they set unrealistic standards?

Has YouTube ever affected how you view your own physical appearance?
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I always see YouTuber's lighting and I think 'wow, why isn't my life this saturated and bright?' and then you realise they pay thousands worth of expensive lighting equipment and turn up the saturation by 1000x on their videos - it's hard to remember you shouldn't believe everything you see. They deliberately show the best things in their lives.
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no. I don't watch videos like that. :lol:
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Lol just how insecure do you have to be for something as miniscule as this to affect you.
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who cares
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Not really. People only post the good parts of their life on social media. They aren't going to post pictures of when they are upset and crying with a tub of Ben & Jerrys by their side.
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(Original post by PhoenixFortune)
Physical appearance (directly or indirectly) is a key part of many YouTubers' channels, whether they are:

  • beauty gurus specialising in hair and makeup :kiss:
  • fitness enthusiasts sharing their weight loss or workout journeys :dumbells:
  • or daily vloggers who always look pristine on camera :burnout:

Do these types of videos promote positive and inspiring body images, or do they set unrealistic standards?

Has YouTube ever affected how you view your own physical appearance?
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We'd love to hear your thoughts, and any recommendations of body positive YouTube channels. :cyber:
I have to say, I do avoid YouTube channels kinda because of this! I prefer to just use YouTube to watch music videos or clips of my favourite comedy shows As someone who's overweight and not into make-up, these channels would probs intimidate me quite a bit Not that I think they shouldn't exist though: clearly there is a demand and people are interested. Totally support the idea of them existing, particularly fitness enthusiast stuff, as healthy living is important :yes:
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Lol just how insecure do you have to be for something as miniscule as this to affect you.
This is what Mental Health Awareness Week is all about. Many people around the world, with the increase in technology, are victims of body dismorphia and believing that their lives should be of a certain quality / as perfect as they seem on youtube. When you have things like photoshop and hidden scenes behind camera, you can learn that youtubers are humans too and they don't all have perfect bodies. It can be very misleading, especially for young girls and boys who look up to these youtubers as inspirations.

Never judge things you don't understand! :yep:
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Not really. People only post the good parts of their life on social media. They aren't going to post pictures of when they are upset and crying with a tub of Ben & Jerrys by their side.
So would you argue that this needs to change? To young children, they are setting an example and they believe that their lives are less worthy because they have perfect lives and theirs have sad times as well as good ones.

What can influencers do to change this do you think?
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